Sustainable Smudging Herbs - What to use instead of Sage

Updated: Jun 12

More and more people are beginning to understand the importances of energy work and are incorporating more energetic healing practices into their lives. One of the easiest and most beneficial ways someone can work with energy is through smudging or herbal cleanses.

Smudging is an ancient practice of cleansing the energy through the burning of special herbs. Herbs contain energetic properties and can be used to clear the negative, stagnant, and unwanted energies that linger in either a space, object, or your own energetic body.

While smudging uses herbs, not all herbs are created equal.


The Environmental Issues of Smudging

Due to its background, most people smudge with traditional smudging herbs such as Palo Santo and White Sage. Originally you could only find these things at apothecaries and occult bookstores. Now thanks to the explosion of interest in the new age community, you can get smudging tools online and even at recognizable big name companies.

While it’s great that people are taking more interest in energy work, holistic wellness, and expanding their consciousness, it isn’t environmentally conscious to be using these herbs. Here are the environmental impacts of the two most common smudging tools:<